36 Weeks

That’s right, only four weeks until my due date. According to the calendar, we have 29 days until Peanut is supposed to arrive. 

Belly update:

Weight Gain to Date:  I went into my appointment sure that it was probably going to be another 4 lb  weight gain.  I figure it’s best to prepare for the worst possible weight scenario in my head (not that gaining 4 more pounds is the worst thing that could happen).  The outcome…another 3 lbs, bringing my to a total weight gain of 29 lbs.  When am I going to start losing a few pounds like the book said a lot of women do at the end?  But, at this rate, I should still stay within the healthy range for my starting weight of 25-35 lbs.

Belly Button in or out: I think it’s popped as much as it’s going too. Whenever our little Peanut is in the middle of my belly, it’s definitely sticks out.  Josh says it’s because she’s just about fully baked.

Baby Size:  Peanut is likely about 6 lbs now and about 20 inches long. I’ve been so flustered all week I totally forgot to ask my midwife for a rough estimate in her weight. Oh well, we can do it next week.

New Developments:  Peanut’s skin is getting smooth and soft, her gums are rigid, her liver and kidneys are in working order, and her circulation and immune system are basically good to go. Her lungs are the only organs that still need to fully mature, but every day she gets a little closer to breathing on her own.

Cravings:  Eh, none. Food doesn’t even sound good lately, except for maybe White Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter and strawberries. 

Food aversions: Still the chicken and tofu. I’m able to eat spinach cooked now, which is great because it’s growing like a weed in our garden. 

Feeling: This week has been a stressful one which is why I think I’ve been feeling a lot more Braxton-Hicks contractions.  Potential TMI: I’ve also been having occasional shooting pains down there and a lot of pressure. I think our little one is starting to move down.  Other than those fun things, I’m feeling decent. The hotter it gets the more uncomfortable I become, but that’s no surprise.

Sleep: I’ve been entirely too busy to sleep. The good thing about being super busy and getting to bed a lot later than I normally do is that I’m so tired when I finally get there; I’ve been sleeping through my runs to the bathroom. Not to worry, no accidents.  When I wake up in the morning it’s usually a mad dash to get to the bathroom. 

Last night was a bad night. I couldn’t turn my brain off. All of the sudden it’s like it hit me that I could go into labor at any time.  I feel like there is so much to do, including finding and purchasing a new car.

Movement: A lot more rolling and a lot less kicking. It’s amazing how low I’m feeling her move these days. Sometimes I feel like if I was able to actually see under my belly, a hand would be sticking out.  At my appointment yesterday when we were listening to her heartbeat, she rolled from one side all the way to the other. We all got a kick out of it.

Maternity Clothes: I had a breakdown last weekend. I was so frustrated because I couldn’t find anything to wear. I have a closet and dresser full of clothes that looked great and were even big back in my pre-pregnancy and even early pregnancy size 4 days that I cannot wear. Even stuff I was wearing a month ago no longer fit. Being the great husband he is, after telling me how cute my frustrated pouty face is, Josh took me out to buy a few new things to get me through the next month or so. It’s true that a couple of new dresses, even if they are maternity, can drastically improve a girl’s mood.

What I miss: The above mentioned clothes. Sanity. I feel like I’ve lost all control of my emotions and rationality.  This has been a particularly busy and stressful week with the car breaking down unexpectedly, trade show messes and now having to find a new car stat.  Normally though I’d stress, it wouldn’t bring me to tears, like it did Tuesday night.

What I love about pregnancy:  How healthy my hair and nails are these days. My hair has grown a ton since I got pregnant. It’s time for a trim. My nails are also super strong which is nice since I seem to be smashing them into everything lately.

3 thoughts on “36 Weeks

  1. I think you look fantastic. And, if it makes you feel any better, I cried in the middle of Target on Tuesday because I couldn’t figure out which bottles to get. I’ve also had similar feelings as both the baby and me get ready for this whole thing. Let our countdowns begin!

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